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Third World On World Cafe

Jun 27, 2012

Together nearly 30 years, the reggae band Third World is one Jamaica's most popular and decorated musical acts, with listeners around the world and 10 Grammy nominations to its name. Partly responsible for mainstreaming reggae music, the group formed in 1973 and built a solid following playing the Kingston reggae scene, making its debut at Jamaica's Independence Day celebration.

Paul Thorn: Live from Studio A REPLAY

Jun 22, 2012

Paul Thorn performed live from WCBE's Studio A on June 21st, 2012! Check out these great performances of "Bull Mountain Bridge", "She's Got A Crush On Me", and "I Have A Good Day Every Now And Then"! Enjoy!

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There's never just one theme running through the music of a given year, but through the first half of 2012, it's been hard to ignore the varieties of ecstasy referenced, performed and endorsed by the musicians behind many of our favorite songs.

There's no clear formula for why a new song catches fire at one of our partner radio stations. Sometimes it's a hook you can't get out of your head, and sometimes it's a tune's ability to distill a station's overall vibe into three sublime minutes.

We asked five stations to select a song currently blowing up on their airwaves and tell us why. For a limited time, you can download their answers — the results include new music from the smart Canadian pop band Metric, U.K. singer Lianne La Havas, folk newbie John Fullbright, funk collective Brownout and British pop group alt-J.

Tracing The Trail Of Musical Fathers

Jun 15, 2012

With Father's Day coming up this weekend, Morning Edition music commentator Miles Hoffman has been thinking about a few musical dads and their children.

I was born in 1970, sprung from one of the most aspirational generations America has ever produced: The Hip-Hop Nation. With decades of rap music anthems dedicated to our fantastical transition from poverty to prosperity, we rarely celebrate our wealth without looking back on our meager beginnings. The American Dream, for us, always represents the possibility of success and affluence on our own terms — with a watchful eye toward our hardscrabble origins.

DUH-duh ... DUH-duh ... DUH-duh!

Like those ominous bars of music signaling the approaching shark in Jaws, some of the most recognizable film scores were designed to terrify us.

Around this time each year I begin to marvel at how we've already reached the halfway point. I haven't even taken down my Christmas lights yet and already everyone's reflecting on all the great music we've had so far.

Fiona Apple: 'I Don't Really Have A Plan'

Jun 10, 2012

It's been seven years since Fiona Apple has released a new album. The singer-songwriter, who broke out in 1996 with Tidal, says the delay is a quirk of her creative process.

The British ska-revival band The Selecter formed in the late 1970s, playing what can be described as rock fused with calypso and American jazz.

Much of what set the band apart was its charismatic lead singer, Pauline Black. As one of few women in a musical movement dominated by men, she was called "The Queen of British Ska."

That experience is one of many recounted in her new memoir, Black by Design, which has just been released in the U.S.

Dick and Jane Song of the Week: "Soar Like a Bird"

Jun 8, 2012

I spread my wings to fly, but all they do is die. My brother already soars, yet I’m behind closed doors.I look up into the sky. Everything seems so high.

But if you don’t quit. It’s your goal you’ll get. But if you don’t quit

Just like a baby bird who’s falling, your life it might be stalling. The bird will soon succeed. Just follow its lead. But if you don’t quit.

Neil Young: The Fresh Air Interview

Jun 6, 2012

Neil Young and Crazy Horse's latest project — their first together in nine years — is an album featuring American folk songs and the tunes many of us learned as children, performed with grit, wit and a whole lot of electric guitar.

The Beach Boys are in harmony again. The group is recording and performing together, after years of disputes and estrangement.

Brian Wilson and Mike Love tell Guy Raz, host of weekends on All Things Considered, that they're not surprised at the reunion.

"We've had 50 years' practice," Wilson says, "not just in music but in being guys."

Love says once they got back in the studio and started writing again, it felt like they had never left.

"It was nuts," Wilson says. "It was a nutbuster."

The Keels: Live from Studio A REPLAY

May 31, 2012

The Keels performed live from WCBE's Studio A on May 31st, 2012. We heard the songs "Wild Bill Jones", "I'm No Doctor", and "Sound Check". Enjoy! 

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CD Review: The Dave Brubeck Quartet "Their Last Time Out" 1967

May 16, 2012
Dave Brubeck Quartet
Columbia Records (CK-40585)


Music now has some what alienated listeners due to what has seemed to me like random popularity spikes in genres of music. In my age group, I tend to hear a lot of Indie Rock, Hip-Hop, and Electronic music.

Note: This is a recurring series in which we ask our unimaginably young interns to review classic albums they've never heard before. Until very recently, Jenna Strucko was an intern for NPR Music.

Polica On World Cafe

May 10, 2012

Despite the slow, twisting, synth-looping style of Polica, the group's album came together in only a few recording sessions. Recovering from the breakup of her folk rock band Roma di Luna and the breakup of her marriage to one of her bandmates, Channy Leaneagh turned to friend and collaborator Ryan Olson, founder of Gayngs. The two worked together on Gayngs' album Relayted in 2010 and they were interested in working together again.

Dick and Jane Project Song of the Week: "Bumper Cars"

May 4, 2012


A beautiful sunny day started out like any other. Driving down the street in his rusty old clunker, “Can I make it there?” he wondered. The big promotion was his for the taking. He could finally see to the top. This is the day when he needed to get there the most. You can’t give up.Your can’t give in. If you’re meant to be on the road that you’re on, then you’re bound to win. No, you can’t give up. You can’t give in. Take your time. Slow down. See life through to the end.

Well she sits and she thinks, “I’m so glad I’m on this road, I have no idea where I’m going but I have room to be bold.” And sweeping by all of the slow ones, the busses and the tractors. All that’s left is the open road. And all she can do is go faster.

Oh, that last left turn was a time to forget. But you’ll always remember and always regret. Never before has something bad been so good. Both cars in pieces and as you stand to the side, it could have been worse. You’re still living life.

Dick and Jane Song of the Week: "Heartbroken"

Apr 27, 2012


lyrics by Angelique & Nakita / music by The Town Monster

The number of major record labels is down to three. But that's not necessarily a bad thing when it comes to promoting music that's out of the mainstream. A label called Amarrass Records, founded in the Indian state of Rajasthan, is dedicated to exposing and preserving indigenous folk music before it disappears.

It's never been easy to make a living as a musician. But there was always a dream: to become a star on the strength of your talent and your music. The Internet is a rude sandman, however, and today that dream is a lot more convoluted.

No longer can a would-be rock star follow the once-accepted checklist: (1) sign with a big label, (2) get a hit, (3) buy mansions and cars. The number of ways a musician can make money is now varied. The question, for many musicians still trying to make a go of it in the industry, is whether those many sources can add up to something sustainable.

Elliott Brood: Live from Studio A REPLAY

Apr 9, 2012

Elliot Brood performed live from WCBE's Studio A on March 9th, 2012. Check out the amazing performance right now on Live from Studio A REPLAY. Enjoy!

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With simple melodies and sardonic lyrics, Archie Powell and the Exports' new album, Great Ideas in Action, may well be the soundtrack to this summer. The group released its first EP (Loose Change) in 2009, and its debut album, Skip Work, followed a year later. Skip Work was praised for its addictive hooks, lyrical wit and sophistication. Buried beneath catchy, raucous rock 'n' roll, the album's emotional content reflected the nervous energy and anxiety that the band members say they felt graduating college.

Sugar + The Hi-lows: Live from Studio A REPLAY

Mar 19, 2012

Sugar + The Hi-lows played live from Studio A on October 10th, 2012. They played their songs "Two Day High", "Snow Angel", and "Skip The Line"! Check out the performance and interview, and enjoy! 

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Jared Mahone: Live from Studio A REPLAY

Mar 18, 2012

Jared Mahone performed live from Studio A on November 27th, 2012! Check out his amazing performances of "California", "From Joe To Betsy", and "Come Find You". Enjoy!

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Jeb Loy Nichols: Live from Studio A REPLAY

Mar 10, 2012

Jeb Loy Nichols performed live from WCBE's Studio A on March 9th, 2012! Check out the amazing performances of "Hard Times", "As The Rain", and "Countrymusicdisco45"! Enjoy! 

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In 1968, Hugh Masekela was not quite 30 years old and though he was in exile from his homeland of South Africa, he seemed ready to become at home on the American jazz and pop markets. That summer, he had scored a number one single, "Grazing in the Grass." A year earlier, he'd been one of the few international performers at the 1967 Monterrey International Pop Festival and had appeared in its D.A. Pennebaker documentary. Yet strangely enough, over the next 45 years Masekela never quite found his sweet spot.

Check out the performance and interview  from Rumpke Mountain Boys and David Gans. They performed the songs "Cincinnati Moon", "River and Drown", and "Just Outside". 

Interview By: Maggie Brennan

Engineered/Mixed By: Mike Taylor 

Stephen Kellogg: Live from Studio A REPLAY

Feb 25, 2012

Check out this performance from Stephen Kellogg from WCBE's Studio A. He performed his songs "Lost And Found", "Forgive You, Forgive Me", and "The Best". Check out these great performances and interview. If you want to find out more about Stephen Kellogg, check out his website here:

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Dick and Jane Song of the Week: "I Love Nature"

Feb 24, 2012


I love nature because of the beautiful colors. I love nature because nature is pink. I like the colors because of the green in the trees. The colors are lovely just the way they are.

I love nature because of the beautiful sounds. I love nature because the sounds are so funny. I just think to myself, ”they’re magnificent.” The birds chirp and sing ’cause that’s the way they are.

I feel the grass when I go hiking. I feel the bugs when they bite me. And the flowers they are colorful. And the berries are juicy just the way they are. The colors are lovely just the way they are. The birds chirp and sing ’cause they way they are. The berries are juicy just they way they are.